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When your newborn child sustains a birth injury, it can be devastating—especially when you realize that the injury was preventable. Our firm is here to help you pursue legal action against irresponsible medical providers. You may not be able to take the injury back, but you can get the compensation you need to help care for your child.
Birth injury cases can be incredibly complex and require a level of understanding of the medical field that not everyone possesses. Having helped numerous victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries, we know what it takes to build a successful case. The battle may not be easy, but at Davis Levin Livingston, we have the skills necessary to get the job done.
Contact our Hawaii birth injury lawyers at (808) 740-0633 for a free consultation. We serve clients in Honolulu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Any birth injury can permanently alter the course of your child’s life, and they often require significant amounts of money to provide ongoing medical treatment. Even a slight spinal injury may be enough to keep a child from ever reaching his or her full potential, much less a neurological disorder like cerebral palsy.
If your child has suffered what you believe might be a birth injury, you should consult an experienced Hawaii birth injury attorney who will be able to determine whether your child’s injury was the result of negligence during the delivery process. The question of whether a birth defect or a birth injury is the result of medical negligence is often extremely complicated, requiring a careful review of the medical records and other relevant information. The highly experienced attorneys and medical staff at Davis Levin Livingston can provide a prompt and thorough consultation, at absolutely no cost to you, to determine whether your child and family have a viable legal claim arising out of your child’s injury.
A variety of medical errors can cause birth injuries. Birth injury cases are considered medical malpractice cases. To prove a birth injury case, the plaintiff must prove that the care provided by the medical professional fell below the applicable “standard of care” and that this breach of the standard of care caused an injury to the patient. Both of these elements of proof must be established through the opinions of medical experts. The birth injury attorneys and medical staff at Davis Levin Livingston work with leading medical experts from across the United States in order to develop and present the expert testimony needed to satisfy these burdens of proof.
The following are examples of negligent conduct that may cause birth injuries:
There are many other possible ways in which the negligence of medical professionals may cause a birth injury. Indeed, every birth injury case is unique. In most cases, the treating physicians and other medical staff involved in your child’s delivery will not share with you any concern they might have that your child’s injury was caused by their own negligence. For this reason, it is wise for you to have an experienced attorney review your unique case to determine whether your child’s injury was the result of medical negligence.
This usually will require a thorough review of the pertinent medical records, together with whatever additional information is available, and almost always will require an analysis of extremely complicated medical and legal issues.
Birth injuries should be distinguished from birth defects. Birth defects generally involve harm to the baby that occurred before the birthing process, as a result of something that took place before or during the pregnancy. By contrast, birth injuries typically involve something that goes wrong during the delivery of the child. Because birth defects sometimes can result from such things as exposure to environmental toxins or inappropriate medications during pregnancy, inadequate prenatal care, or improperly treated viral or bacterial infections during pregnancy, it is wise to consult an attorney if your child is born with what is diagnosed as a birth defect.
Infants are vulnerable by nature, but it is during the birth process that the majority of birth injuries occur. Either through poor judgment on the part of a doctor or nurse, harmful hospital policies, or other reasons, your child can sustain serious injuries entering the world.
When a doctor or other medical provider injures a patient through negligence, it is considered medical malpractice. They failed to observe the standard of care—the basic rules that ensure the safety of their patients. When medical providers take on the job of caring for others, they commit themselves to providing adequate care to all patients. Unfortunately, not all doctors are as attentive to their duties as they should be.
While everyone has bad days at work, there are some jobs where you cannot afford to make a mistake—delivery of children being one of them. When a doctor or nurse fails to do his or her job correctly and your child suffers as a result, taking legal action is the only reasonable response.
Caring for a seriously injured newborn is an enormous challenge, both physically and emotionally. It also can be a time of great confusion and even anger. Rarely is there a simple and clear-cut explanation for your child’s injury; indeed, parents often have great difficulty obtaining a satisfactory explanation of the cause of the injury from their health care provider. By consulting an experienced birth injury attorney, the parents of an injured child can take comfort that they are protecting their child’s legal rights while freeing themselves to devote their full energy to their child’s life care needs.
Our firm understands that pursuing a medical malpractice case will never take back what happened. What it will do, however, is ensure that you have the money you need to cover a lifetime of medical bills and that those responsible never make the same mistake again.
If your child has suffered a birth injury, please contact our firm today at (808) 740-0633. We want to help you get the recovery you need to pay for the care of your child.